13-Year Old Jake Wang Returns to Racing with 58.6 in 100 Breast

SSC Intrasquad 2020

  • August 8-9, 2020
  • Suburban Seahawks Club – Newtown Square, PA
  • 25 yard (SCY) course, Timed Finals
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “SSC Intrasquad 2020”

The Suburban Seahawks posted multiple best times over the weekend at their 2020 Intrasquad meet. This was the first racing opportunity the club’s swimmers received since resuming training in late June. 

Intrasquad 2020 Results

After months of adjusting to the ‘new normal,’ SSC received permission to host an intrasquad. The meet was sanctioned by Middle Atlantic Swimming. No spectators were permitted in the building, but the club provided a livestream set-up via Youtube. 

 SSC swimmers performed well despite the different circumstances. 

13-year-old Jake Wang’s 100-yard breaststroke earned him a first place finish with a 58.71, just .06 away from his best time from the 2020 Junior Olympic Age Group Champs in early March. That time ranks him 2nd in the nation so far this season among 13-year old boys in the event.

Wang also swam a best time in the 13-14 200-yard free, finishing first with a 1:50.40. This time beats his previous best from the 2020 Junior Olympics, where he swam a 1:50.67. 

Mike Torelli won all three of his races over the weekend. He posted a 24.74 in the 11-12 boys 50 free, a 27.42 in the 50 fly, and a 54.83 in the 100 free. Additionally, Can Yeniay and JJ Johnson both dipped under 55 for the first time in the 13-14 boys 100-yard fly, finishing with a 54.76 and a 54.94.

Other Notable Swims: 

  • Mary Kate Keegan won the girls 15-16 200-yard IM with a time of 2:10.48, just a second over her best time from the 2019 TYR Elite Showcase, where she swam a 2:09.59. 
  • Stephen Graver dropped over a second in the boys 15-16 100-yard free, finishing first with a 21.76. His previous best was a 22.92, which he swam at the 2019 MA JW Thanksgiving Celebration.
  • Molly Lo swam a time of 1:08.19 in the girls 11-12 100-yard IM, blowing away over 6 seconds from her previous best time of 1:14.87, from the 2019 MA JW Thanksgiving Celebration.
  • Rebecca Block dropped 2.26 seconds in the 11-12 girls 50-yard breast, finishing first with a 35.25. 
  • Julia Parker made it under 30 seconds in the 11-12 girls 100-yard fly, with a 29.11, smashing her previous “A” standard time of 30.83. 
  • 8-year-old Megan Simpson, daughter of Villanova University Head Coach Rick Simpson, swam a 38.35 in the 10 & U 50-yard fly. 
  • Madison Suchecki posted 1:12.74 in the 10 & U 100-yard free, dropping over 5 seconds from her previous best (1:18.57). 

Tara Bolivar Talks Virtual Content During COVID-19 Shutdown

During the months when swimming was put on pause, Tara Bolivar, SSC coach, listed ways the club kept their swimmers involved. She stated that members of the coaching staff sent daily emails, newsletters, and zoom calls to members. 

New practice procedures were also put into place at SSC. Tara discussed how the practice groups were dramatically lowered, while altering how the swimmers were stationed on and off the wall, and ensured the proper cleaning procedures were put in place to keep the swimmers safe as they resumed training.

 

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James Beam
1 month ago

how is this news worthy?

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

Not a lot of swimming going on at the moment and a 58.71 100yd Breast for a 13 year old is still impressive, however….I do agree. SwimSwam should run potential stories by you first to make sure they are worthy of posting on the site.

Swammer
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

How many 13 year olds do you know go 58 in the 100 breast? Yeah same.

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  Swammer
1 month ago

He is 14.

Xman
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

I think what he means is this story is not really big news in terms in high level swimming. It’s not college or elite international swimming. SwimSwam does tend to aggregate a lot of information such as commitments from swimmers who don’t really effect power 5 conferences or NCAA results. I’ll be honest some times the overload of these stories can be overwhelming. That being said we’re fortunate to have this website and all the folks who make it happen, something a lot of us didn’t have when we were swimming. We were lucky to watch a fuzzy VHS tape of a world’s or NCAA the coach taped. Also I’m sure for these young kids it’s a very exciting to… Read more »

DEAN IS GOD
1 month ago

THIRTEEN

pls give me your time for a day or two

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
1 month ago

58.7 would be a good time for a 13 yr old, but not so impressive for a 14 yr old.